Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Measurement of the B-mode power spectrum with POLARBEAR
by Steinbach, Bryan, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2014, 104; 3686020
Abstract (Summary)

We present the POLARBEAR experiment and its measurement of the B-mode power spectrum. POLARBEAR is a millimeter wave telescope that is measuring the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) polarization, using large format arrays of photon noise limited Transition-Edge Sensor (TES) bolometers. The instrument observes from the Atacama Desert at 5.2km in elevation with a 2.5m primary aperture telescope. This telescope has sufficient angular resolution (3.5' FWHM) to resolve the gravitational lensing features of the CMB, a new channel for obtaining information on fundamental physics such as the sum of the mass of neutrinos. This dissertation describes the design, integration and results of the first season of POLARBEAR observations. The receiver observed for 1 year with a noise-equivalent temperature (NET) of 22.8μK s and mapped a 30 square degree area of the CMB, obtaining evidence for gravitational lensing in the BB power spectrum at a significance of 2σ.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Adrian T.
Commitee: Holzapfel, William L., Parsons, Aaron
School: University of California, Berkeley
Department: Physics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Astronomy
Keywords: B-mode power spectrum, Cosmic microwave background, POLARBEAR
Publication Number: 3686020
ISBN: 978-1-321-62631-5
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